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For SVL Building Updates

Ashley Ridge needs a house. Summerville needs a home.

It’s time for us to put down permanent roots on our land in Summers Corner because Summerville needs a safe place that is FOR them. Our kids need a safe place to learn and grow. Our students need a place that will always be there for them to ask the hard questions that come with growing up. The Expanding the Table food truck needs a home base to reach even more people in Summerville. Summerville needs a place where anyone can belong, even before they believe, but it’s so much bigger than us. It’s time to build a permanent home so that generations to come will know that they have a Heavenly Father who is FOR them!

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Building Update

September 25

Building Update 022 – So Much Progress!

   September 25                Building Update 022

                “Progress Report”

There is soooo much going on which I need to tell you about; I decided to do a special building update to coincide with the start of the “40-Day Push to Burn the Note” which runs September 16th – October 25th.  So, in reference to all that is happening on the building front, I am naming this update:  “Progress Report”

  1. Concept & Design. Pastor Jenn, the AR Staff and I had our last full Zoom video conference with the architects on September 14th to iron-out remaining details and specs for the new building design started during the EquipLABS session back in August.  It went very well, and Equip Studio has made the final changes and adjustments this past week.  On Tuesday, we received the final deliverables.  That’s right! We will be able to show you the new Ashley Ridge Church facility (Floor Plan and Masterplan) very soon!  Can’t wait!
  2. The survey work being performed by Parking Land Surveying, LLC was completed last week. This means we have the topographic survey, tree survey, and water and sewer surveys on the building site in Summers Corner.
  3. Land Loan. Starting September 16th through October 25th, is the 40-Day Push to Burn the Note.  You will hear more about this from Pastor Jenn, but I can tell you this “it is the BIG push to pay-off the remaining balance on the land loan.”  Paying for the land will give us initial equity in the building project and clear the way for bank financing early next year.  We can get this done – TOGETHER!
  4. Civil Engineering.On Thursday, September 17th, we had our initial civil engineering meeting with Trident Construction (GC) and Cypress Engineering at the Church Office. I can’t overstate how important the civil engineering piece is to the building project as it is this scope of work which leads directly to receiving the required land preparation and construction permits.  Cypress will start with schematic design along with geotechnical survey and soil borings.

 

As you can see from all the above, there is A LOT of progress being made with regards to the building effort, and we really need your support during this critical phase. Whatever you can contribute to the General Fund and/or 40-Day Push to Burn the Note via the Building Surge will be very much appreciated!!!

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

September 11

Building Update 021

   September 11                 Building Update 021

                “Next BIG Step”

Over the past year, everyone associated with the For SVL Building Project has worked extremely hard, laying the foundation for the construction of the new AR facility in Summers Corner. We have seen doors open at every point, level and phase of the process.  It has been an incredible experience for me, personally, to see the number of individuals jump on board and assist with the effort. I am truly grateful!

The architects with Equip Studio are amazing professionals with years of experience and expertise in church Concept & Design and came through BIG TIME during the EquipLABS charrette.  A charrette is an intensive planning session where designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.  It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback. The charrette format (along with the very precise and detailed input from the AR Staff) was instrumental in the overarching success of the EquipLABS.

Trident Construction as the General Contractor (GC) was chosen for the project several years ago and is just the company that can pull it all together and make the dream a reality.  Trident will perform the actual land preparation (putting the shovel in the ground) to completing the vertical construction.

The “Next BIG Step” is paying for the land in Summers Corner.  Paying-off the land loan is the key to proceeding with the building project on many levels for many important reasons.

You will be hearing shortly from Pastor Jenn about our 40-Day Push to Burn the Note, which will be a maximum effort to finish paying for the land.  Let us “TOGETHER” do what we can to support this amazing effort that allows the building project to take the “Next BIG Step!”

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

August 28

Building Update 020

August 28                    Building Update 020

                  “Leverage”

Financial Update.   The Building Surge has generated $14,735.30 MTD in contributions and $113,894.88 YTD and is showing no signs of slowing down.  To pay-off the land loan, an additional 159K will be needed in Building Surge contributions.

The General Fund has received contributions of $38,493.38 MTD. General Fund contributions are running behind the 50K budgeted amount per month which will cut into the margin created over the first months of the year unless there is a strong finish in the last 3 days.  Any additional contributions to the General Fund to help make budget in August would be much appreciated!

Leverage.  I had mentioned in Building Update 013 that we were starting to see giving in general being leveraged by the sheer number of individuals and families participating in Regular Giving, Stretch Giving and Building Surge fundraising efforts.  So, with this update, I would like to drill down into some more detail and numbers.

Below is an estimate of where we were back in February/March when the Building Surge first started (by percentage of regular giver participation as a function of time) to where we are now, and where we will need to be by the end of September:

DATE             PARTICIPATION*                              REMARKS

February 2020            10-15%                  Pre-Surge Commitments from Leadership

March 2020                15-20%                  21 Day Fast and Commitment Day

May 2020                    20-25%                  End of initial Surge & Stretch period

Jun – Aug 2020           25-35%                  Surge & Stretch Challenge extended

September 2020          55-60%                 Participation needed by September 30th to pay-off land       and create sufficient margin

NOTE:   Definition of leverage – to use (something) to maximum advantage                                                                                                                                   Oxford Dictionaries

*It is hopeful that more and more of our congregation (regular givers and first-time givers) participate over time in fundraising efforts as we will need increased margin in the General Fund to generate the necessary working capital for the building project and sufficient Building Surge contributions to pay for the land, establish the Reserve Fund and have sufficient working capital for building related expenses prior to seeking bank financing.

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

August 27

Building Update 019

   August 27                  Building Update 019

       “EquipLABS – Summary”

Now that the 2 day on-site design lab is over, Jonathan Edens and his team of architects are working at their office in Greenville, SC for a 2-3 week design period.  At the conclusion, there will be a virtual review process with Ashley Ridge Church and Trident Construction (GC) after which the final deliverables will be given to the church.

The deliverables due from Equip Studio are as follows:

  • Preliminary cost analysis
  • Conceptual Phase 01 floor plan (rendered)
  • Masterplan (rendered)

EquipLABS has been a major leap forward for the building project.  It has not only produced an excitingly viable concept and design within or very close to project budget parameters but has projected growth and future building phases already incorporated into the Masterplan.

Several important time sensitive tasks have come from discussions with the Equip Studio architects and Trident Construction Company representatives:

  • civil engineering work will need to commence on the land as soon as possible to determine soil composition, fill (dirt) requirements, water and sewer routes and location of retention ponds
  • the church will need to continue adding money to its contingency (reserve) fund in preparation for bank financing application requirements
  • fundraising efforts will need to continue to pay-off existing land loan balance via Building Surge contributions
  • Regular Giving will need to increase to create sufficient working capital from margin in the Operating Account to pay civil engineering costs and other building related expenses

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

August 26

Building Update 018

August 26                  Building Update 018

           “EquipLABS – Day 2”

When I left the church office late on Monday, Pastor Jenn and James Galloway were getting ready to take the Equip Studio team of architects out to dinner before the team retired to their hotel rooms to continue working on the design.  I was supposed to go with them but due to the absolutely horrible weather, I decided it was best to make the long trek home (West Ashley) in the pouring rain and flooded roads while there was still daylight.  It was a good decision!

It had been a tough afternoon session with the EquipLABS and everyone was tired and a little deflated.  The ministry requirements of the church weren’t translating and matching-up well into a design that was compatible with the project budget and the compromises seemed “gut”wrenching, and difficult to process in the heat of the moment.  We all knew the EquipLABS was a process and that process needed to play out.

Pastor Jenn, James, and Jonathan Edens along with his team of architects discussed the project over dinner, which resulted in the following email from Pastor Jenn at 5:56 am yesterday morning:

“I believe we still have a lot of work to do today.  Yesterday got us to the critical tension point of where our timeline and budget meet land and construction costs.  Today we need to get creative and mine for more options to bring the two closer together.  I’m definitely not ready to move forward with the sizes and spaces that came with the first draft.  I felt better after talking it through at dinner with Jonathan and his team because they also feel as though there are more options for us to explore.”      -Jenn Williams

I think we all knew deep down when we left the church office Monday in a sky filled with dark and menacing clouds that the building project hung in the balance of what would happen on Day 2.  Jonathan and his team of crack architects worked until midnight on a new design.

When I left home for Day-2, I wasn’t quite sure what the day would bring.  When I got to the church office a few minutes early, I had this sense of peace like everything was going to be all right, and after talking to Jenn and James, I felt that they had the same sense, too. I think sometimes we delude ourselves into thinking we have control of a given situation when actually it’s God working his will the whole time.

As Jonathan presented his team’s new design for our building, I immediately noticed this was different, and the more it was explained, developed and refined during the day the better and better it got.  This wasn’t just good, it was great!  As the church staff, one by one began to give their input and the design was tweaked, I realized this isthe future home of Ashley Ridge Church taking shape and form before our very eyes!

As Jonathan and his team worked, flushing out the building design and developed the Master Plan, the more I watched in amazement. Once they knew they had our approval and confidence, they worked with such speed and efficiency. It was fun to just sit there and watch, which Matt Halter and I did for two hours.

I left the church office yesterday with great excitement, and shortly received the below text from Garrett Reuber, AR Financial Team Leader.  Garrett came for the Building Design and Master Plan presentation at 1:30 pm.  He sent this at 4:37 pm:

“After today, I have never been more excited about the future.  To see a very realistic and simplistic design come together for the now, coupled with concrete plans of how to expand as we grow is 100% something to think the ENTIRE church will be able to get behind. The Staff provided invaluable input for an incredible design and interacted with Equip while Jenn looked on like a proud Mom.  It was awesome.  There is no doubt, going to be challenges and very real hurdles that need to be gotten over (many of them financial), but my goodness-this really isn’t just pie in the sky dream.  It will happen.  ”TOGETHER” is the way.”     -Garrett Reuber

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

August 25

Building Update 017

August 25                  Building Update 017

                  “EquipLABS”

Today was the first of two days spent with representatives from Equip Studio (architectural firm) and Trident Construction (General Contractor).  The day kicked-off at the church office with Prayer and short Introductions of all the team representatives followed by an update from Pastor Jenn on the Ministry Direction and Vision of the church.

Jonathan Edens, lead architect with Equip Studio, made an initial presentation on the Structure of the EquipLABS Process and what to expect over the next 5-9 weeks followed by a Programming Review of church attendance numbers and statistics.  Prior to today, Equip Studio had conducted Zoom interviews with all the church staff to determine size and scope of the various individual ministries, i.e. worship, arLittles and arKids, arStudents, Food Truck (Expanding the Table), etc.

Based on their research into the numbers and information provided by prior Zoom interviews, Jonathan Edens made a presentation on two different size Building Options of 30K and 39K square feet and their estimated costs of approximately $11,000,000 and $14,000,000 respectively.  Due to the size and cost of these two options, the project leader and church staff chose to go with a smaller size building in keeping with a project budget limit of $7,000,000 to include all hard and soft costs.

In the afternoon, there was a Big Picture Discussion to establish and narrow the design direction after which Equip Studio and Trident Construction representatives broke into a separate Develop Design Direction session to further refine the design.

In the final session of the day at 6 pm, everyone got back together, and Jonathan Edens presented a basic design. This preliminary design will be further developed by the Equip Studio architects over the evening hours with a Design Review presentation on Tuesday morning followed by the development of a Master Plan. Stay tuned for Building Update  018 on EquipLABS – Day 2!

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

 

Building Update

August 24

Building Update 016

August 24                  Building Update 016

                  “Game Plan”

At last night’s virtual Family Meeting, Pastor Jenn laid out the “Game Plan” for getting us over the building project hump.  If you did not catch the Family Meeting last night, I encourage you to do so.  The meeting is available on YouTube and it will also be re-broadcast every night this week at 8pm on live.ashleyridgechurch.org.

The plan has two main tasks which need to be accomplished 1) paying for the land in Summers Corner on or before September 30thand 2) starting the civil engineering phase of the building process as soon as possible to allow for the long lead time in permitting.  Both these time sensitive, key tasks will help clear the way for construction of the new AR facility in early 2021.

Paying for the land. To pay-off the 167K loan balance on the land in a little over 5 weeks is a tall order but not an impossible one. Yesterday, Pastor Jenn talked about how nothing is impossible with the Spirit of God. We can get this done if we do it – Together!  Many have already given generously to the Building Surge and for that we are truly grateful.  All we can ask is that everyone that is connected to Ashley Ridge Church pray about what roll each may have in accomplishing this principle and paramount task.  All contributions to the Building Surge go first and foremost to paying for the land.

Starting the Civil Engineering.  To start the civil engineering work on the land in the next few weeks is also a tall order as it will need to be funded by margin in the Operating Account.  So far, we are using margin in the Operating Account to pay for survey work and the EquipLABS fee.  To use the Operating Account for the civil engineering work also, will require continued margin creation by your generous contributions to the General Fund above and beyond Regular Giving.  All margin over the monthly budgeted 50K amount can be used for building expenses.

Summary. This is a “Battle Stations” all hands on deck moment in the life of Ashley Ridge Church!  Any and all support (financial and otherwise) given to the successful execution and conclusion of the “Game Plan” and accomplishment of these two principle tasks, will be much appreciated, and I personally, as the Project Leader, will be most thankful!

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

 

Building Update

August 21

Building Update 015

 August 21                   Building Update 015

              “Family Meeting!”

This Sunday evening, August 23rdat 8 pm, Ashley Ridge Church has a very important Family Meeting and an appointment with destiny.  Pastor Jenn will talk about exciting upcoming plans for Ashley Ridge Church to resume in-person gatherings, and she will give a progress report (with Q& A) on the building project.  It is so crucial to communicate this information to the congregation that the Family Meeting will be replayed each evening at 8 pm for the next 5 nights.

I want to encourage everyone to watch and participate in this important virtual event.  As the Project Leader, I can tell you we are at a crossroads for the building project.  We have successfully navigated through the pandemic, the financial storm that followed, demonstrations, social unrest and the uncertainly of the season. We have scratched and clawed our way up the financial “thermometer” to the point we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There has been no shortage of challenges along the way, but through it all, I can tell you this, Ashley Ridge Church as a congregation, has been outstanding in its determination to keep the church and building effort going under the most difficult of circumstances.  It has fed those in need, given generously and sacrificially to the General Fund and recorded some amazing totals with regards to the Building Surge.

I would like to be able to tell you that it has been enough, that we are there, done, finished with the fundraising, but I can’t.  As the Project Leader, it is my responsibility to see the mission is accomplished, and until James is on stage with the fabulous AR Band and Pastor Jenn is bringing us another inspiring message from our new facility in Summers Corner, we still have work to do, funds to raise and challenges to overcome.

The next two tasks are heavy lifts and will require an abundance of spiritual muscle and sacrifice, but I believe, when accomplished, it will get us over the hump.  The first task is paying for the land.  As of August 10th we need 167K to be able to say “paid-for” or yell “we’re debt free,” and second, the civil engineering phase must start very soon if we are to keep to our timeline of having a building completed by the end of 2021.

Please pray for our church, its ministry and the building project that we may find a way to take these next key steps in the building effort.

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

 

                                                            Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

August 14

Building Update 014 – Financial Report

               August 14                       Building Update 014

          “Financial Report”

“Financial Report” is the fourth in the series of summer updates that focuses on financial aspects of the building financing plan – the first three being Exciting News, Summer Surge, and Unity of Effort.  If you have not read these important updates, you can do so by clicking here.

Financial Update.  Thanks to your generous support, Regular Giving and Building Surge contributions recorded some amazing totals in July!  The General Fund received an impressive $58,272.46 and created $8,272.46 in margin for the month.  This margin will be used to pay for survey work on the building site by Parker Land Surveying, LLC.  The work is ongoing, but results should be available very soon.

Building Surge.  Again, thanks to your generous support during the month of July, the Building Surge generated an additional $13,136.82 in contributions which will go toward paying for the land.  The Building Surge Fund has received a total $106,694.40 YTD with more coming in every month.

Land Loan.  With contributions received from the Christmas Offering in 2019 and the Building Surge this year, Ashley Ridge Church has been able to make several large principle reduction payments on the land loan in addition to making monthly mortgages payments further reducing the loan amount. As of August 10th, we need an additional 167K to finish paying for the land.

While we have made significant progress paying for the land under very difficult circumstances, it is absolutely critical to the building effort that the loan be paid-off as soon as possible as this will allow Building Surge contributions to be used for other building related expenses and clear the way for Ashley Ridge Church to seek bank financing when the time comes.  We can get this done – Together!

   

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so here.

 

                                                            Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 31

Building Update 013

                                                                                                  

   July 31                           Building Update 013

           “Unity of Effort”

“Unity of Effort” is the third in the series of summer updates that focuses on  financial aspects of the building financing plan – the first two being “Exciting News” and “Summer Surge.”  If you have not read these important updates, you can do so by clicking here.

With more exciting news to report, I can now confirm we are in the midst of a summer Surge as contributions have increased significantly in the past few weeks and will likely continue through August and into September. The Building Surge Total YTD has blown past the 90K mark and currently stands at $98,458.83 just shy of six figures. This is up $12,436.83 for the month (as of July 29th).  The General Fund has received $54,360.42 MTD and has created $4,360.42 margin so far with 3 days left to go in July.

The Building Surge fund has received 142 contributions YTD with an average $693.37 per contribution as Regular Giving and Building Surge giving are now being leveraged by the sheer numbers of individuals and families participating in the fundraising effort.  This has created a “Unity of Effort” among our church family with more and more jumping on board and pulling on the rope!

“Unity of Effort” is exactly what we had been hoping for during the planning process as the large amount of capital needed to support the building project can only be accomplished with widespread congregational participation.  Thanks to all of you we are getting it done and moving the For SVL Building Project forward under the most difficult of circumstances and conditions!

“A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”

Proverbs 18:16 | NIV

 If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so at give.ashleyridgechurch.org.

                                                                        Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 20

Building Update 012

   July 20                                                       Building Update 012

        “Summer Surge”

I think we are starting to see the beginning of a “Summer Surge” with respect to contributions to the General Fund and Building Surge!  If this turns out to be the case, it would be “fantastic” news for the For SVL Building Project, and I will tell you why:  Since all Building Surge contributions go to paying for the land first and foremost (which will take longer in the current economic climate), the funds necessary to pay critical, time sensitive land preparation expenses over the next 2-4 months will need to come from additional contributions to the General Fund.  This is only possible with your generous contributions beyond Regular Giving thereby creating margin in the Operating Account.

Using the margin in the Operating Account was always a part of the building financing plan, but there needs to be sufficient funds available to cover the actual cost of the expenses so as not to put undue pressure on the Operating Budget.  Successfully using margin in the Operating Account to pay critical, time sensitive land preparation expenses will accomplish two things:  1) allow the building process to move expeditiously forward and 2) keep the build timeline intact

The three land preparation/building expenses that will need to be paid using Operating Fund margin are as follows:

  • Parker Land Surveying, LLC    $12,200
  • Equip Studio/EquipLABS fee $18,450
  • Civil Engineering Services (TBD)

So, bottom line, we need your continued support with contributions to the General Fund and Building Surge  to move forward with the building process and keep the Operating Account healthy.  If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so via the church website ashleyridgechurch.org and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 16

Building Update 011

 July 16                                                                             Building Update 011

        “Exciting News”

I have some “Exciting News”that I just couldn’t wait to share with you on our Building Surge!  We are now officially over 90K in contributions received!  This is up $5,371.25 for July 1-12th.  I can’t tell you how encouraged I am to see these kinds of numbers being generated in the midst of a pandemic and financial crisis!  Your generosity and dedication are truly amazing and inspiring!

Also, with regards to the General Fund, we are 6K over budget for the first half of 2020. Another sign the Stretch in Regular Giving is having its desired effect.  We did dip below the monthly budgeted 50K mark in contributions for June which came in at approximately 43K but overall still up for the year.  This is sooooo important for the For SVL Building Project to keep the Operating Account healthy for long term financial stability.

Thanks to all our difference makers who so generously give of their time, energy, talent and financial resources!  Thanks to you, we continue to move forward with serving the Summerville community and the building process!

If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund or Building Surgeyou can do so via the church website ashleyridgechurch.org and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

July 10

Building Update 010

 July 10                                                 Building Update 010

        “And, we’re off!”

In June, the Leadership Team approved funding from the Operating Account in the amount of $12,200 for Parker Land Surveying, LLC to proceed with survey work on the 10 acre building site in Summers Corner. With this very important first step, Ashley Ridge Church has entered the execution phase of the building process. The Scope of Work will include the following:

  • Topographic Survey
  • Tree Survey (12” hardwoods and 20” pines)
  • Route Survey for sewer to the north (650’)
  • Route Survey for the water along Summers Drive (1,600’)

The above when completed will provide valuable information on how much fill (dirt) will be required to bring the building site up to elevation and code.  This is important for cost analysis and budgetary reasons.

The survey work will be followed by civil engineering services for which we have already received estimates from Cypress Engineering, Seamon Whiteside and Thomas & Hutton. A decision on which company will be performing the work is expected later this summer.

The Scope of Work for the civil engineering services is broken down into the following main areas:  Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Permitting, Construction Administration and Subconsultants

Once the civil engineering is completed and permits are received, actual land preparation can begin.  Timeframe to begin is dependent upon raising the necessary funds to complete the work.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do so via the church website ashleyridgechurch.org and click on Give.

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 22

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    June 22                           Building Update 009

      “The Dream Factory”

Pastor Jenn, Matt Halter and I had the opportunity on June 4th to meet with Trident Construction, our General Contractor (GC) for the For SVL Building Project.  We came away so impressed with the level of expertise, experience and accomplishment of this great company over its almost 40-year run.

It was clear to me that the leaders at Trident not only wanted our business of building the future home of Ashley Ridge Church, but that they were just as committed, dedicated and enthusiastic about the project as we were.  As we all sat together (socially distanced) in their spacious conference room, we discussed the building project and the first steps of getting it off the ground – another piece of the For SVL Building Project puzzle in place!

As we left, we walked by beautiful pictures of past Trident projects, which were proudly displayed on the walls.  Each project was an architectural masterpiece of beauty and design and a dream come true for some business, developer or organization. I thought to myself, one day, the new Ashley Ridge Church could be featured on that hallway wall and Trident Construction is just the company to help us make it happen.  Trident Construction is “the dream Factory” of construction projects, and our dream is now their dream too!

                                                                                    Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 5

Building Update 008

                                                                                                   June 5                          

  “Forward Together”

The initial Surge & Stretch Challenge campaign dates of March 22 – May 31 have come and gone with the following results.  Drum roll please!!!  Dddrrrrrrr! Surge contributions TOTAL: $75,221.72 Thanks to your generous support!  Due to the coronavirus pandemic and financial crisis the Surge & Stretch Challenge 2020 has been extended until the end of the year but will be more focused in its efforts to attain specific results which are crucial to the For SVL Building Project.

“Forward Together” will be the start of a new Surge initiative for the summer of 2020 with the following mission:

To focus attention, communications and Surge contributions toward paying-down/paying-off the land loan secured by the 10 acre building site in Summers Corner between the dates of June 1 – August 31st.

Paying for the land is critical to the success of the For SVL Building Project and for keeping to the build timeline for the following reasons:

  • Since the construction loan will be collateralized (secured) by the land and future building, it is necessary the land be unencumbered (paid-off) prior to seeking the construction loan
  •  The land purchased in 2017 for $450,000 was recently appraised in 2019 for $550,000, therefore, once the land loan is paid-in-full, the church will have significant equity in the project and a track record of meeting and exceeding its financial obligations
  • AR is paying mortgage interest on the current loan principle and when paid down/paid-off, the savings, could be put to good use in the building project or operating account

If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do so via the church website ashleyridgechurch.org and click on Give.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

June 1

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         “Inspiration & Urgency”

I attended the Pop-up Worship Service on May 28th located on the green just outside the entrance to Ashley Ridge High School.  It was so great to see my AR family and actually be Together in the same worship space, but was struck by the thick yellow CAUTION tape strung across the three main double door entrances to the school.  It looked surreal, and to tell you the truth, a little like a crime scene (all collateral damage from the coronavirus pandemic).

I came away inspired from the Pop-up service with a renewed “sense of urgency”for our For SVL Building Project.  Ashley Ridge Church has set in motion the plan that will lead to construction of the new facility in Summer Corner over the next two years, and recommend we proceed as expeditiously and responsibly as possible.

According to the plan, there will be a series of fundraising initiatives over the course of the next two years necessary to make the new AR building a reality.  It will not be easy, but, the reward will be so worth it when we walk into the new facility for the first time and worship Together and begin using a space that grows our ability to be FOR the Summerville community.

With “inspiration”in our quest and a renewed“sense of urgency,” let us as a congregation not hesitate to ask what we can do or continue to do in support of this amazing ministry.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Building Surge,you can do so via the church website (ashleyridgechurch.org) and click on Give.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

May 25

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“Positive Developments”

First, I want to give you a positive development on our Surge & Stretch Challenge
campaign. The Surge has generated $70,018.80 in contributions to date which is
an increase of +$8,554.87 in the past two weeks. Surge contributions continue to
come in each week and we feel momentum is building in this area despite the
headwinds of the coronavirus pandemic and financial crisis. The initial Surge deadline
of May 31 st has been extended to the end of the year to allow 1) those affected
by the current crisis the opportunity to participate in the effort and 2) allow
Ashley Ridge Church the greatest opportunity to reach its Surge 2020 fundraising
goals.

We have also seen positive developments on the building front since our last
update. Pastor Jenn, James Galloway and I had an initial ZOOM conference with
Jonathan Edens, architect on May 18th. Jonathan is with the firm Equip Studio
out of Greenville, SC and has already submitted a Proposal Outline for
Architectural Services which is being reviewed by the church staff and leadership.

In another positive development, I received a call from H. Chapman (Chappy)
McKay, Vice President, Trident Construction. Trident Construction was chosen back in 2017 to be our General Contractor (GC) for the new facility. He has invited representatives from our church leadership to his office for an initial planning meeting. We do not yet have a date for the meeting but hope to in the next couple of weeks. He also has the ability to fast track planning and construction of our new facility saving several months on the timeline.

As you can see, there are many positive developments going on with the For SVL
Building Project, and it will get busier and busier the closer we get to breaking
ground on the new Ashley Ridge Church facility. But, nothing is bigger or more
important than your continuous support and generous financial gifts which makes
this all possible!

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

May 8

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“Crunching the Numbers”

Pastor Jenn has been doing a new sermon series the past two weeks entitled IN THE MEANTIME”which has been a rallying cry for me.  I have been so expectant to get the For SVL Building Project off the ground and wanted to see and show the congregation concrete progress on the building front, and we are making steady progress.  But, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be trying to accomplish this in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and financial crisis!

Since becoming the Project Leader late last year, I have been “crunching the numbers”i.e. numbers for building square footage, numbers for financing and interest rates, accrued interest numbers, payment amount numbers, construction budget numbers and numbers for the Surge & StretchChallenge. You name it, and I’ve crunched it!

As a retired U.S. Marine logistician, I am used to “crunching numbers.”  It’s what I do and trained for, and I am going to continue “crunching the numbers”until the new AR building is sitting on the 10 acres of land in Summers Corner!

It’s not going to be easy, and it never really was, but with the coronavirus pandemic and the financial uncertainty, it’s going to be extremely challenging to say the least, take more determination and commitment, more generosity and sacrifice than we could have ever imagined before. Pastor Jenn calls it spiritual muscle, and I figure you only get spiritual muscle by spiritual weight lifting.

They say, we will transition eventually to a “new normal” and things will get better, clearer and less uncertain.  IN THE MEANTIME, we continue to seek God’s will and wisdom and stay focused on the task at hand and modify and adjust the plan as needed.

Back to the numbers, though!  I want to give you the big picture of where we are and what we are up against.  The Surge has generated $61,463.93 in contributions to date (as of May 5th) which is remarkable considering the current economic climate.  The Stretch Challenge may add additional funds because Regular Giving has been over the 50K mark for the past three months, but it remains to be seen if this will result in a surplus at year end.

The Surge 2020 Goal of 400K is broken down into 280K for paying-off land, 100K establishing a reserve fund and 20K for architectural design fees.  This means we still need $338,536.07 in Surge contributions to accomplish all the above and keep to the project timeline.

Can it be done?  Absolutely!  I have recommended to Pastor Jenn that we extend the Surge & Stretch Challenge deadline past May 31st to allow everyone the opportunity to participate that may have been affected by the current pandemic and economic crisis.  We will have more information on this as it becomes available.

IN THE MEANTIME, we continue to seek God’s will and wisdom and stay focused on the task at hand and modify and adjust the plan as needed.

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

April 27

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It has been a while since our last update and we wanted to share with you what’s been happening on the building front.  First, the Surge and Stretch Challenge, which is how we will be financing the For SVL Building Project (along with bank financing), is off and running.  As of April 21st, the Surge has generated $48,759.50 in contributions (with more coming in every week) while the Stretch Challenge continues to add margin to the Operating Fund.  This is all by design and is working well even through the current health and financial crisis thanks to your dedication and generous support!

The funds received from the Surge and Stretch Challenge will allow us to pay down/pay off the land loan, establish a reserve fund and pay architectural design fees and preliminary land preparation costs.  Here is the Commitment Card you can fill-out and send in online, or if you would like to just make a contribution to the Building Surge, you can do via the Ashley Ridge app or by going to www.ashleyridgechurch.org and clicking on Give.

Our Building Team Civil Engineer, Matt Halter, is getting proposals from at least two local surveying companies on work which will need to be accomplished to prepare the land for construction.  We are also planning or meeting soon with our architectural firm, Equip Studio, for the redesign of the new church building as soon as funds become available.

Thank you for your continued prayers and involvement as we move forward to love and serve the Summerville community!

Derrick Horres, Project Leader

Building Update

March 21

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So much has changed in the last week and we’re all doing what we can to find our way through it and figure out how to proceed in these different circumstances. We will find our way – TOGETHER!

If you weren’t able to join us live on Thursday night for the virtual Family Meeting, you can watch it here. In the meeting, Jenn shares our plan and also the changes we’re making. One of the things you’ll hear is that we are continuing with our Building Surge, which officially kicks off tomorrow! Here is the commitment card you can fill out and send in online. We know this surge and our commitments will be different and we will likely need to extend it based on the length and realities of the present health crisis. Our heart behind all of it is to continue as a church so we can love and serve our community for the long term. We need God and we need each other!

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 22nd), we will be breaking our 21-day fast and gathering online for worship at 10am via live.ashleyridgechurch.org. We hope you will join us and also invite friends and family near and far to tune in from wherever they are. The building is closed, but Church is open!

Building Update

March 2

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Yesterday (March 1) we kicked off a 21-day fast – our first corporate fast at Ashley Ridge Church! As we prepare to make a big Surge forward in our building process, we’re asking God to clear the way. This is a significant season in the life of our church, and to help us communicate with everyone, we’re holding a series of “Family Meetings” where we’ll be sharing more details and taking lots of time for Q&A. We hope you’ll join us for one of the gatherings listed below:

Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30pm at The Ponds Farmhouse

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30pm at the Church Office

Sunday, March 15th immediately following worship in the Library at Ashley Ridge

Ashley Ridge needs a house. Summerville needs a home.

Building Update

February 8

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In November of 2017, after a decade of talks and relationship with West Rock, we closed on 10 acres of land in the now blossoming area off of Highway 61 near 17-A. The land sits at the intersection of the first three phases of Summers Corner including the original section and the new Azalea Ridge area. We also have an option for a future purchase of an additional 10 adjacent acres to make a 20 acre parcel. Adjacent to neighborhoods like Legend Oaks, Victoria Pointe, and the The Ponds, Summers Corner now hosts the Rollings Middle School of the Arts as well as Sand Hill Elementary School and a Publix shopping center coming soon. Growth in the area is picking up speed and we are excited about the potential for our permanent home base for ministry in Summerville. In the last 90 days in the Azalea Ridge section alone over 70 homes have been sold. We have the opportunity to be an integral part of the fabric of Summerville for decades to come. Take a drive down Summers Drive sometime and look for our sign. Stay tuned for more updates!

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